Virtual Education Appeal Process


Virtual Education Appeal Process


Once an application for Virtual Learning has been received the parent/guardian will receive notice within 2 business days of the decision. The decision will be one of the following:


  1. Request accepted and the student is enrolled in virtual courses

  2. The request is accepted with concerns, which will be shared with the parent/guardian via email from the Virtual Course District Liaison and the student is enrolled in virtual courses. 

  3. If the counselor, principal or designee determines that it is not in a student's best educational interest to take a virtual course, the student and the parents/guardians will be notified in writing, by the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction and provided an explanation for the decision and informed that the student or parents/guardians may appeal the decision to the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary or Secondary schools. However, if the student is receiving special education services, the student's IEP and Section 504 team will make the final decision regarding student enrollment in a virtual course in accordance with federal law, and the decision must be appealed through the special education process rather than through the Board.


If the student or parent/guardian appeals to the Elementary or Secondary Assistant Superintendent, the principal or designee will provide the assistant superintendent written reasons for denying the student's enrollment, and the student or parent/guardian will provide written reasons the student should be allowed to take the course. Both documents will be retained by the assistant superintendent. A letter will be sent with the decision to allow the student to enroll or stating the reason for denial to enroll in the virtual learning courses. 


The student or parent/guardian can then appeal to the superintendent of schools through the same process and a letter of the decision will be sent to the parents stating the reasons the enrollment was denied or that the denial was overturned.


The student or parent/guardian can then appeal to the Fox C-6 Board of Education in writing. In addition, the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary or Secondary Schools (depending on grade-level of the student), will present the district letter stating reasons for denial along with the parent/guardian letter outlining reasons for enrollment in virtual courses. The appeal to the Board shall be held in closed session. The Board will consider the information presented and release a written decision within 10 calendar days of the meeting. The student or parents/guardians may appeal the decision to DESE (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). The appeal to DESE must be filed within seven days of the Board's final decision.


Please refer to  DESE’s appeal process within Section 161.670, RSMo of the Missouri Virtual Education outline.